You stated that dyslexia affects 10 per cent of the population in "How to manage dyslexia at work" (15 May). This figure came from a study from 1968-69. Recentresearch, such as studies from the "No to failure" project funded by the Deportment for Children, Schools and Families, suggests that dyslexia spectrum difficultiesmay significantly affect up to 21 per cent of the population.
The article also says that dyslexia predominantly causes reading and writing difficulties, and affects memory and organisational skills. At the British DyslexiaAssociation's seventh international conference in March, academics from around the world unanimously concluded that dyslexia was a brain-based condition thatprimarily affects memory and the uptake of information, and that difficulties with reading and spelling were simply symptoms.
While the issues with literacy acquisition do affect children and ore responsible for functional illiteracy and skills shortages in the UK, we agree that weaknesses canbe mitigated with appropriate support.
Our extensive experience with employees and employers suggests that memory and organisational difficulties are more of an issue for adults. Increasing numbers ofcalls to our helpline and attendance on our training courses indicate that employers ore now beginning to respond to the needs of their dyslexic employees andbenefit from the talents they also bring.
By Margaret Malpas, CHAIRWOMAN OF THE BRITISH DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION, AND JUDI STEWART, CHIEF EXECUTIVE
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